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Florida QB Will Grier plans to transfer

Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier intends to transfer.
Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier intends to transfer.
Published Dec. 19, 2015

Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier intends to leave the program.

Grier, the Gators' former starter who is serving a year-long NCAA suspension over a failed drug test, informed the coaching staff of his intention to transfer schools late this week. UF Gators confirmed the move Saturday.

"Will came to me about exploring his options to transfer," UF coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. "We will support him and help him in any way we can. This has been very difficult on him and obviously he is looking for a fresh start. We will always be there for him as will all Gators."

Grier entered Gainesville as a highly decorated recruit. The North Carolina native was Parade's national player of the year in high school and had success once he saw the field at UF. He completed 65.8 percent of his passes in the first six games, helping UF to a perfect start with a comeback win over Tennessee and a 28-point rout of then-No. 3 Ole Miss.

Grier's season ended in mid-October after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The year-long suspension was scheduled to end after UF's first six games next fall. It's unclear where Grier intends to transfer.

Sophomore Treon Harris inherited the full-time starting job after Grier's suspension. Harris has completed 51.9 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and five interceptions for 10-3 UF.

The No. 19 Gators play No. 17 Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.

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